“A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!” – Proverbs 15:23 (Cf. 24:26; 25:11).

          Just to begin, as we often do, we should put in our figuring that “man” or “male” rarely, in Proverbs, exclusives the reference made to those of the male sex.  It is very often used to of “mankind”, the entire race.  It has view as to gender, race or religion or anything of that nature.  Solomon is here speaking to all of those who would seek to please the Lord and live in a way that's is pleasing to Him, reaping the rewards of Godly living.  The word translated “man” in most version is actually very direct in the original – meaning “person” and is deliberately “non-specific.  ‘We might make the argument that the word and the subsequent translations of the passage did have a bit of bent toward the males in Solomon’s audience given what the prejudices and predispositions of the time were.  This not to excuse it, not at all' but rather to seek to explain it.  It is this that Solomon did most often in the Book.  He left the definition of the gender of the group he was speaking to be decided by the context of the verse.  For instance, when he would speak of “man who is a father”, the context would demand that “man” be understood as referring to a male.
         “Has” is actually a preposition and could be understood as meaning “with” making the verse implying a gained possession rather the acquiring of same.  This first phrase of the verse tells us that this first section is the due result of the second part.  Such ties are often used in the Book, Solomon, apparently was very good with grammar.  By the mechanism mentioned in a moment one comes into the passion or enjoyment of “joy”.  Joy, here, refers to everything from the common idea of intense happiness, to mirth, gladness or to the active idea of rejoicing or actively enjoy a thing or experience.
         How does Solomon say this will come about?  It comes about by “the answers of his mouth”.  “By” is another preposition that suggests mechanism, and is used appropriately here.  It is “by means of” the answers of the mouth that joy can come to the one offering those answers.  Notice that he is not talking just about what we could call generic speaking.  But rather he is talking about responses, answers given to input from others.  Answer is a relatively infrequently used word in the OT, appearing only 8 times.  There is an implication inherent to the word that suggests that this answer or response is given “for himself”. 

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